Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT)

MEd / Elementary, Secondary or Special Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

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Please note: the Academy for Catholic Teaching (ACT) program will not be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please check back for updates regarding applications for future academic terms. 

Program Overview

Academy for Catholic Teaching is a University of San Diego and San Diego Diocesan Collaborative.

ACT is an innovative three-year collaborative that creates pathways for outstanding individuals to teach in San Diego's K-12 Catholic schools, while earning a Master of Education and California Teaching Credential. If you are creative, enthusiastic, energetic and passionate about Catholic education and have a strong commitment to faith, service and community, this program is designed specifically for you. 

ACT is designed to provide elementary and middle school teacher candidates with rigorous coursework, internships and field experiences leading to a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and a preliminary Multiple or Single Subject teaching credential or MEd in Special Education and a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential. The program emphasizes the connection between theory and practice, weaving together university-based coursework and thoughtfully designed internship and field experiences. 

ACT is centered on the following three essential pillars:

Service through Teaching: Participants will commit to teaching three years in a Catholic K-12 school in the Diocese of San Diego. 

Living in Community: Participants create community in the classroom and have the opportunity to live in community with their teaching peers. ACT seeks individuals who desire a strong community experience and professional growth in partnership with peers. 

Spirituality: Participants are expected to proactively attend to their spiritual lives through both formal and informal practices. Activities to promote spiritual growth and development will include a retreat, an international experience, and facilitated activities.